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Trustee to stay

A new lawsuit against Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien has residents clamoring for his resignation. O’Brien was sued by his former employer Robert W. Baird & Co. for repayment of $336,175 from a settlement the company made with a client. The client, Ross Brooks, accused O’Brien of making unauthorized withdrawals from an account and taking the money for personal use. O’Brien said he has no plans to resign and would not comment on the lawsuit. FULL STORY, A2

Voice your opinion

The Forest Hills Local School District last week conducted two community discussions on four possible future building options. Do you think the school board will move forward with the option the majority of residents want, or another option? Let us know by going online and voicing your opinion by typing township into your Web browser’s address bar and voting on our poll. We’ll run the results in next week’s edition of the Forest Hills Journal.

Poll results

The results of the April 28 unscientific poll on our Anderson Township community site at andersontownship or hip asking readers if the Forest Hills Local School District should change school start and end times to save money on transportation costs are: (79) 55%

No: 45%

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The future of the schools in the Forest Hills Local School District brought a capacity crowd to a community discussion on facilities. “We cannot sustain business as usual,” said Superintendent John Patzwald during opening remarks which were followed by tabletop discussions of small groups. A crowd of 500 assembled in the Nagel Middle School cafeteria April 28 to hear about and weigh in on four proposed building configurations for the district. Several of the options include consolidating the school buildings. A number of those attending the discussion were especially interested in the possible merge of Anderson and Turpin high schools. District officials said they wanted feedback from residents on whether to continue with the current configuration of nine buildings or consider other options that include either six or seven schools. The alternatives all include four elementary schools, down from the current six. Two of the alternatives include a Turpin-Anderson merger. “Maintaining the (current) buildings costs more money and will increase over time,” said Treasurer Rick Toepfer. District officials said no decision has been made regarding the buildings, but whatever plan is chosen will likely impact the millage amount for a probable operating levy in 2010 or 2011. “I thought this would be a good opportunity to get a full picture of the situation,” said Anderson

By Rob Dowdy

Residents hoping the Newtown Village Council would decide whether or not to remain in the Little Miami Fire and Rescue District have a little longer to wait. During last week’s council meeting, council voted to conduct its next scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at Miami Valley Christian Academy as a public hearing to allow residents the chance to voice their opinions on whether the village should remain in the Fire District. Councilman Mark Kobasuk provided a report from the most recent Fire Board meeting. During that meeting, the Fire District suggested the village accept the former E-check site as Newtown’s new fire station. Richard Tripp and Keith Hall, architects with MSA Architects, provided a possible look at what the E-check building could look like if redesigned as a fire station. Trip said the new fire station




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Anderson Township residents Kurt Reiber, left, Mary Beth Conklin and Matt Stanyard participate in a tabletop discussion on facilities in the Forest Hills Local School District. Reiber wrote down comments that were made during the discussion. Township resident Phil Morris, 47. “I think there has been a lot of work done, but I want them to go deeper in detail.” Anderson Township resident Stephanie Yamaguchi, 39, said she came to the meeting to hear about the high schools. “I don’t want them merged,” she said. Anderson Township resident Greg Fenner, 45, said he also had concerns about merging the high schools. “I love the schools and want to see them succeed,” he said. “I recognize something has to be done. “The status quo can’t be maintained.” Another community discussion on the facilities was also held May 1 at Nagel Middle School.


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would require approximately 13,000 square feet and three apparatus bays. He said as it stands right now, the former E-check building already has Cosby apparatus bays that would require some work to be useful to the Fire District. Hall said the building is about 10,000 square feet, so the Fire District would add another 3,000 square feet to the building, and some of the new fire station could be used as community meeting space. The building sits on about five acres, and Chief Tom Driggers said the Fire District, if given approval by Newtown, would look to buy the property for about $800,000. However, he said the Fire District could be forced to pay more, but “it isn’t going to be more than $960,000.” Kobasuk suggested the fire sta-

tion could be built where the current station on Church Street is by demolishing the building and using the adjacent space that is now Kobasuk Bicentennial Park. Hall briefly discussed this, but Mayor Curt Cosby told him “don’t waste your time,” after Hall noted the several issues facing construction on that site. For instance, the site would only be slightly more than a half acre and there likely wouldn’t be enough parking spaces for those on duty. When asked by Cosby if he could attend the May 11 hearing, Driggers said it would be his pleasure. “We’ve beat this horse up pretty bad,” he said. “I can’t wait for May 11 to get here.”


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Here’s a look at other topics of discussion during last week’s Newtown Village Council meeting: Council voted to move forward with plans to build a restroom at Short Park. The village received a grant in 2008 for the $81,000 project that requires Newtown pay for about $10,000 of the work. Council voted to hire part-time maintenance employee Joe Rutter to a full-time position. Maintenance Supervisor Ron Dickerson said with the amount of work the department has in the coming months there will be overtime hours available, though parttime employees aren’t allowed overtime. Dickerson said Rutter is already working 38 to 40 hours each week. The move to full-time comes with benefits and an hourly increase of $1. There will be an open house at the house in Moundview Park 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 22. The house’s lower level has been renovated and can be rented to community groups.



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O’Brien: No plans to resign from trustee post By Lisa Wakeland

A new lawsuit against Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien has residents clamoring for his resignation. O’Brien was sued by his former employer Robert W. Baird & Co. for repayment of $336,175 from a settlement the company made with a client.

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The client, Ross Brooks, accused O’Brien of making unauthorized withdrawals from an account and taking the money for personal use. O’Brien said he has no plans to resign and would not comment on the lawsuit. Township resident Terry Michael Merrill said this lawsuit reveals O’Brien’s lack of ethics and morals. “It also shows, in my


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humble opinion, he is most probably a thief and a crook,” Merrill said. “He should resign and save himself and the township the embarrassment of having a person of his caliber as one of our trustees.” O’Brien has faced calls for resignation since a report from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) began publicly circulating after he was elected in November. The FINRA report stated O’Brien was discharged from his former employer in September 2008 and was permanently barred from the securities industry. “This was in the public domain (and) if my opposition wanted to make this a campaign issue they should have done so during the campaign,” O’Brien said of the FINRA report. The lawsuit, filed on April 22, called O’Brien’s conduct “willful and malicious.”


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Increased bond After a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority report began circulating that alleged Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien misappropriated more than $300,000 of a client’s money for personal use, a group of 42 residents petitioned Hamilton County Judge Fanon Rucker to increase

the required surety bond. Ohio law requires township trustees to post a minimum of $1,000 and O’Brien agreed to post a $25,000 bond, the maximum amount set by Rucker. The other two trustees, Russ Jackson and Peggy Reis, have each posted $10,000 bonds.

O’Brien has maintained the lawsuit is a personal issue and “will not affect my ability to do an excellent job for the township.” Merrill, however, disagrees with that statement. “There is no private issue when you are public official,” he said. “He is being sued for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a client and he is a trustee with a responsibility of being a steward of $35 million or more. He should immediately resign.” Multiple residents asked O’Brien to step down at his

first public board of trustees meeting in January but O’Brien said no one has come forward since the new lawsuit was filed. “Quite frankly, no one has personally asked me to resign,” he said. “The only thing I’ve seen is people on blogs and websites where people disguise their real names.” Some residents have advocated removing O’Brien via a recall election, an action currently prohibited by the Ohio Revised Code. Merrill said he would support changing the law.

Anderson trustee faces lawsuit Gannett News Service A firm that had employed Anderson Township Trustee Kevin O’Brien as a financial consultant accuses him in a lawsuit of taking more than $300,000 from a client for his own use and seeks to be repaid for a $336,175 settlement it made with the client.



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“I think after this latest discovery there O’Brien is going to be a groundswell to have him removed through any legislative or legal means necessary.” Ohio Rep. Peter Stautberg (R-34th District) said state law would have to change to allow township citizens to recall an elected official. The new provision would have to pass both houses of the Ohio Legislature and be signed by the governor. Stautberg said the recall process itself is lengthy and expensive. As of April 29, he said no residents have contacted him about the issue. “If there is a group that is interested in a recall provision also in that legislation should be included term limits for township trustees,” O’Brien said.

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sonal use has damaged Baird,” the lawsuit says. It describes O’Brien’s actions as “willful and malicious.” O’Brien, who has faced demands from some Anderson Township residents that he resign, said Monday he has not seen the lawsuit and can’t comment on it. He earns $20,568 as a trustee. In March, a group of township residents succeeded in persuading Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Fanon Rucker to raise the amount of the bond O’Brien had to post to remain a trustee from the state-required minimum of $1,000 to $25,000. Rucker called his action “punitive.” Courtney Laginess, a township resident who served as the attorney for the group, said the lawsuit by Baird demolishes any notion that O’Brien is simply a victim of his political opponents. O’Brien had blamed “long-time political foes” for stirring public controversy over his legal problems. “Robert W. Baird does not have a political interest in this,” Laginess said. “The lawsuit shows that there are reasons to have very serious concerns about O’Brien’s ability to handle the financial affairs of the township.” In previous public statements, O’Brien has denied any intentional wrongdoing and said this issue won’t impair his ability to serve as a township trustee. The lawsuit reveals a previously secret settlement agreement between Baird, Brooks and O’Brien involving Baird’s payment of $336,175 to Brooks in exchange for his agreement not to take any legal action against the company. In the agreement, Baird preserved its right to seek repayment from O’Brien. The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages of $336,175 plus interest as well as unspecified punitive damages. Baird also asks that O’Brien be required to pay the $8,129 balance that remains on a $32,500 promissory note from Baird. O’Brien was banned for life from the securities industry last September by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority because of the allegation that he misappropriated Brooks’ money for his own use.


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Chairwomen of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 484 Flower Sale are, left to right, Carol Wehage and Janice DiMario promote the upcoming event. The flower sale will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8.

Flower sale idea takes root

By Forrest Sellers

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 484 wanted to try something different. It also wanted an event with a springtime flavor. The idea for a flower sale bloomed. The auxiliary will have its first flower sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Mt. Washington American Legion Post, 1837 Sutton Ave. “What attracted us to this (idea) was that these are fresh plants that will be delivered the day of the sale,” said Anderson Township resident Jackie Ruzsa,

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What: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 484 Flower Sale When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 Where: American Legion Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave. president of Auxiliary Unit 484. The plants will be provided by a local greenhouse. “(The event) is also close to Mothers Day,” said Anderson Township resident Carol Wehage, a chairwoman of the event along with Janice DiMario. “This is the time of year (when) a lot of people are

planting their own vegetable and plant gardens.” In addition to flowers, vegetables and herbs will be available. “It will bring some new people to the Legion,” said DiMario, who is a resident of Anderson Township. Proceeds from the event will go to a variety of programs and scholarships associated with the auxiliary unit. “We’re excited because it’s something new, and everyone loves flowers,” said Ruzsa. For information, call 231-7351 or visit the website


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Superintendent list grows to 31 Forest Hills plans to pick new leader by the end of June By Forrest Sellers

The number of candidates for superintendent of the Forest Hills Local School District has grown not only in number, but in locales outside of Ohio. A total of 31 candidates have applied for the position so far. Early applicants were primarily from Ohio, but recent applications have come from a variety of states including Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and New York. Superintendent John Patzwald is retiring July 31. He has been superintendent of the Forest Hills Local School District for 18 years. The following candidates have sent resumes or letters of interest to the executive search services firm Hudepohl and Associates between March 22 and April 27: • Sara M. Bielek, psychology consultant with Milford Psychiatric Services. • Gerard Gindt, superintendent of the Decatur Independent School District in Decatur, Tex. • Tom Hisiro, director of graduate studies, online program director and associate professor at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn. • Debra J. Kennedy, assistant superintendent of New Philadelphia City Schools. • Debra C. Kobman, director of Schools of International Baccalaureate, World Studies and Business and Technology instructional program at West Clermont Local Schools. • Camiele Papagianis, director

of the Greater Heights Academy. • Brad Pepper, executive director, Title I Services, Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, Kan. • Robin R. Rayfield, superintendent of the Pike Delta York Local Schools. • Michael L. Sawyers, superintendent of the Perry Local Schools. • Joshua Searcy, assistant/associate professor of kinesiology at Central State University. • John B. Stoner, career technical education director and assistant principal at Mad River Local Schools. • Randy Butcher, special education administrator at Goshen County Schools in Torrington, Wyo. • Lois J. Cavucci, director of certificated personnel at Youngstown Catholic Diocese. • Kathleen Cintavey, superintendent Wickliffe City Schools. • Richard W. Drury, former superintendent and consultant with Community Unit School District 200 in Wheaton, Ill. • Eric D. Ely, superintendent of Schenectady City Schools in Schenectady, N.Y. • Paul R. Lucas, director of instructional information services with Columbus Public Schools. • S. Jayne R. Morgenthal, former superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Public School District in Elizabethtown, Ky. • Jerry P. Skiver, former superintendent New Boston Local Schools. “We are on schedule, and we’re excited about the caliber of our applicants,” said Board of Education member Julie Bissinger, who is also serving as a liaison with the executive search services firm. Bissinger said at this time she could not comment on any of the specific candidates but said she has been pleased by the work of Hudepohl and Associates. Bissinger said the board hopes to make a decision on a candidate by late June.

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USA Patriot’s Pen is holding an essay contest for Greater Cincinnati students in public school, private school or home schooling. In the essay, students should describe the importance of patriotism. USA Patriot’s Pen has a list of topic choices on its website. Essays submitted by teachers as a class group project are free. Each essay must be accompanied by a signed application.

Individual essays must be accompanied by a signed application and a $10 entry fee. Deadline to send in essays is May 17. Winners will be celebrated at the USA Patriot’s Pen Gala, with prizes and awards, at the Anderson Center. For official rules, visit or call 272-8243.


Seniors Rebecca Cassidy (left) and Laura Kuebel perform a scene from “The Odd Couple,” which will be this year’s senior showcase at Miami Valley Christian Academy. The school hosts a performance each year that is done solely by seniors in the drama department.

Senior Showcase an ‘Odd’ performance of ‘Couple’ By Rob Dowdy Seniors at Miami Valley Christian Academy will be taking on Neil Simon’s classic “The Odd Couple” - with females in the leads - during the school’s annual senior showcase. The performance will be Friday, May 7, at the school and will feature nine seniors and three juniors, who will fill in the remaining roles and crew positions. Rebecca Hill, drama teacher at Miami Valley, said the senior showcase is an opportunity for students to perform all the duties in putting on a play. Seniors select the show, conduct rehearsals, organize the backstage crew and figure out

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What: “The Odd Couple,” performed by seniors at Miami Valley Christian Academy When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 7 Where: Miami Valley Christian Academy, 6830 School St. in Newtown Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for students everything from lighting to who plays each character. “Every little detail is theirs,” Hill said. Senior Rebecca Cassidy, who will play the uptight, fastidious Florence Unger, said organizing the play has been difficult due to so many students having other outside commitments.

“We’re a little stressed,” she said. Laura Kuebel, who plays the slovenly divorcee, Olive Madison, said the seniors picked the female version of “The Odd Couple” because it had a small cast, which accommodates Miami Valley’s few seniors in the drama department, and it had numerous female roles, and the female seniors in the drama department far outnumber the males. Cassidy and Kuebel both admit to some similarities between their real lives and the lives of their characters. Kuebel said she tends to keep her room at home a bit messy, while Cassidy said she’s typically very organized.

McNick students attend journalism workshop By Libby Birk Student correspondent

McNicholas High School senior Jillian Bloemer and junior Andrew Tepe attended the WCPO High School Careers in Journalism Workshop Feb. 27. The three-hour workshop was held downtown at the WCPO Channel 9 studio for high school students interested in a career in journalism. The 30 area high school students who attended met and talked with WCPO’s news and radio producers, content manager, web manager, advertising manag-

er, communications manager, public affairs manager and members from the Urban League to learn about broadcast journalism. “It was great to sit down and talk to people who have careers in the field of journalism and to learn about different positions offered in broadcasting,” Tepe said. “It’s something I didn’t know about, and I’m interested in a career in broadcast journalism.” Students took a tour of both the main and back news studios. “We saw the editing rooms, which are where they edit video and there are TVs everywhere that show what’s airing now and what

will air next,” Bloemer said. “To us, it seemed like (production) would be hectic, but they know their jobs really well so that it runs smoothly.” Bloemer is a third-year journalism student and the editor in chief of the 2010 Countdown, the McNicholas yearbook. She has been accepted into the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and became interested in a career in broadcast journalism after shadowing Channel 9’s sports anchor Denny Jansen during her junior year.

Summit Country Day Mock Trial program qualifies for regionals Each year the Ohio Center for Law Related Education hosts the annual statewide Mock Trial competition for High School teams. Ohio runs the second-largest Mock Trial competition in the nation. This year, 22 Hamilton County high schools sent 48 teams to compete in the Hamilton County District Competition to earn a chance to move on to Regionals. Nearly 400 students and more than 100 faculty coaches and legal advisors were involved. Only 14 of the 48 teams who competed won both rounds and advanced to the Regionals.

For the fifth consecutive year one of Summit County Day’s teams advanced. Summit Silver not only won both rounds but was one of eight teams to receive a winning score from all three judges in their court room for both rounds. The Summit Silver team consists of four attorneys (Alex Finch, Kyle Gundrum, Charlie Michel, Isabelle Saldana), four witnesses (Vincent Tamer, Carolyn Boyce, Rachel Argo, Alex Marcellus) and one timekeeper (Amna Fazlani). Additionally, several students on all three Summit teams won individual awards in their trials.

Outstanding Attorney awards were given to Andre Rouillard, Michel and Saldana. Outstanding Witness awards were given to Kelsey Frenck, Boyce and Cooper Schreibeis. The Summit Mock Trial Program is run by Upper School teacher Kelly Cronin. Five local attorneys serve as legal advisers. They are: David Nenni of Dinsmore & Shohl; Rebecca Wright of Javitch, Block and Rathbone; and Chris Wiest, Tony Hornbach and Joe Russell of Thompson Hine, LLP.


Summit Country Day’s Silver team recently advanced to the Regionals in Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s Mock Trial competition. Team members are, from left, Isabelle Saldana of Mason, Alex Finch of Anderson Township, Charlie Michel of Pleasant Ridge, Vincent Tamer of Wyoming, Carolyn Boyce of Anderson Township, Kyle Gundrum of Saylor Park, Rachel Argo of Lincoln Heights, Alex Marcelius of Anderson Township and Amna Fazlani of Golf Manor.


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May 5, 2010

AHS junior wins Overture Award Just a year ago Anderson High School junior Brian Moore was dreaming of one day becoming an Overture Award Winner. This year, he’s living the dream after having been named the 2010 Overture Award Winner in Vocal Music. As a sophomore, Moore said that he didn’t make it past the first round of competition for the Overture Awards. “This is a big improvement,” he said, smiling. He offered that the difference this year might have been that he enjoyed the song selection more. “I have fun with whatever I sing,” he said. “I did prepare more and I think the songs suited me more.”

As an Overture A w a r d Scholarship w i n n e r, M o o r e received $2,500 and Moore automatic entry to the national round of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungArts competition which holds its finals competition in Florida next year. The Overture Award competition is held annually with six area students in grades 9 to 12 receiving awards of $2,500. Another 18 runner-ups receive $500 scholarships. Students are nominated

by their schools to compete in one of six disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, visual art or vocal music. The program is the largest of its kind in the country. This is not the only accolade to the young baritone’s credit. Last spring Moore, the son of Liz and Perry Moore, won the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition held at Miami University. Having performed the “Star Spangled Banner” with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Moore will also perform with the Cincinnati Opera Chorus in the 90th Anniversary Gala Concert on June 19 and in the opera “Die Meistersinger

Von Nurnberg” June 23 and June 26. While Moore is living the dream these days, he has had his challenges. Moore has survived two totally unrelated forms of cancer. He was first diagnosed with the cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma in the second grade. The cancer was in his lower left leg. The second diagnosis, Osteosarcoma, came between his fifth- and sixthgrade years. Both were successfully treated and Moore now celebrates having achieved the five-year milestone for being cancer-free. His passion these days is clearly his music.





Associate Professor Andy Curran, program coordinator and faculty advisor of Interactive Multimedia Technology at UC Clermont, has selected Josh Clock, Joshua Clark, Lanie Braaksma and Logan Singleton to participate in the UC Clermont/Ander-



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March Applauds


Anderson High School’s Anderson Applauds winners for March are, first row from left, Tim Ficke and Scott Gregware; second row, Nick Hoover and Craig Leugers; third row, Maddy Miller, Catie Naylor and Christeena Parsons; back row, Savannah Turner and Jacob Wergers.


Mascot challenge


Wilson Elementary School mascot Willie Wildcat is on the prowl for a victory during the Mascot Race that will be presented during the first annual Forest Hills 5K Walk/Run May 22 at Nagel Middle School. Earlier this month secret training photos of the Mercer mascot, Aaron Eagle, leaked out prompting an immediate response from other district mascots, including Willie, who is seen here training with P.E. teacher Eric Fry. To register for the 5K, for sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, visit

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• Turpin placed first with a final standing score of 255 in the Flight C Coaches Classic, April 24. Anderson tied with Mason “B” and Moeller for second place with a score of 170. Turpin’s Jordan Allen and John Knoll beat Moeller’s Bauer and Westerkamp 6-3, 6-4 in the first doubles championship. Turpin’s Jack Drury beat Druffell 8-4 in the third singles third place championship. Anderson’s Tyler Hugenberg beat Turpin’s Wilke 6-4, 6-2 in the first singles championship. Anderson’s McConnell beat Turpin’s Aron Bercz 6-1, 6-1 in the second singles championship. • St. Xavier placed first with a score of 370 in the final standings of the Flight A Coaches Classic, April 24. St. X’s Ryan Bandy beat Cincinnati Country Day’s J. Fritz 6-2, 6-1 in the first singles championship. St. X’s Hirsch Matani beat Lakota East’s Umakantha 6-0, 6-0 in the third singles championship. St. X’s Jay Fovel and Eric Naugle beat Loveland’s Stahl and Streicker 7-5, 6-4 in the first doubles championship. St. X’s Ed Broun and Leary beat Lakota East’s Fraley and Noufer 6-3, 6-0 in the second doubles championship.

This week in baseball

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• St. Xavier was defeated by St. Edward 25-20, 26-28, 25-20, 25-23, April 24, in the championship game of the Centerville Elite Boys’ High School Volleyball Tournament. • Moeller beat St. Xavier 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 28-25, 15-8, April 26.

This week in softball

• Harrison beat Anderson 5-2, April 24. Anderson’s Rachel Martin hit a double. • McNicholas beat Purcell Marian 12-1 in five innings, April 28. McNicholas’ winning pitcher was Michelle LeMaster, and Hannah Schoolfield was 2-3 and hit two doubles. • Harrison beat Anderson 10-2, April 28. Anderson’s Sammy Sparks was 2-4 and hit a double. • Harrison beat Anderson 9-2, April 28. Anderson’s Sammy Sparks was 2-2 and hit a double. • Anderson beat Winton Woods 8-0, April 29. Anderson’s Sammy Sparks was the winning pitcher, and Ellie Caudill was 3-3 and hit two doubles. • New Richmond beat McNicholas 11-3, April 29.

Spartans on 9game win streak entering home stretch By Anthony Amorini

A host of highly ranked opponents loom on Turpin High School’s schedule with the Spartans’ baseball team rolling through the spring season at 21-1 overall. Having already claimed the 2010 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division title, Turpin is now turning its attention to final tune-ups for the post-season, Spartan head coach Rob Lubanski said. Turpin hosts Clermont Northeastern (Thursday, May 6) and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Friday, May 7) before hitting the road for a game against Elder on Monday, May 10. Elder is ranked No. 3 in Cincinnati’s Division I poll. In the Division II-IV poll,

CHCA is ranked No. 3 with CNE at No. 4. Turpin is ranked No. 5 in the Division I poll. “You always hope to make a tournament run, but baseball is funny. There are a lot of good arms out there,” Lubanski said. “In Division I, every game is going to be a battle. “We know what we are up against and we won’t be taking anything for granted,” Lubanski added. Consistent production at the plate has been key for Turpin this spring with the Spartans carrying a team batting average of .439. “It’s been amazing because there is not a weak spot in the lineup from our first batter through our ninth,” Lubanski said. “I expected us to be good, but I didn’t think we would be this good. “We have been outstanding offensively,” Lubanski added. Batting ninth for Turpin, Dave Morton is carrying a .515 average with 34 hits, 28 RBI and 26 runs. Taylor Tarpoff leads


Turpin with 36 hits with a .493 average, seven doubles, 17 RBI and 23 runs. E.J. Naegel leads the city with eight home runs. He is batting .507 with 39 RBI, 35 hits, 29 runs and nine doubles. Eric Martin, a standout at the plate and on the mound, leads Cincinnati with 42 RBI including seven home runs and 31 runs with a .452 batting average. Two additional Spartans were also hitting at .450 or better including Adam Clark (.469 average with 21 hits, 25 RBI) and Nate Lieberman (.465 average with 20 hits, 19 RBI). Martin is a perfect 5-0 with one save from the mound with 40 strikeouts and a 0.81 ERA through 34.2 innings pitched. After missing several starts with an injury, Turpin’s No. 2 Joe Cronin is back in action and stands at 4-0 overall with a 3.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts through 22 innings of work. “Joe and Eric have only thrown once a week and that’s it,” Lubanski said. “It


Turpin’s E.J. Naegel connects on this pitch for a three-run home run in the game against the Wilmington High School Hurricanes at Turpin High School April 28. Turpin defeated Wilmington 8-5


Turpin’s Joe Cronin pitches against Wilmington at Turpin High School April 28. Cronin got the win as Turpin defeated Wilmington 8-5.

was definitely a goal of ours to save their arms a little bit for the tournament. “I do think it’s an advantage for us that they will be so fresh,” Lubanski said of Martin and Cronin. With Martin and Cronin combining to post a 9-0 record, Lubanski was quick to point out that numerous Turpin pitchers contributed to the Spartans’ 21-1 start, he said. Aside from Turpin’s top arms, additional contributors have included Brian McFarland (4-0 with 5.17 ERA), Ryan Paytes (3-0

with 7.70 ERA), Mike Millikin (2-1 with 4.77 ERA), Charlie Millikin (2-0 with 3.07 ERA) and Tarpoff (1-0 with 4.45 ERA). “All of those guys have done a nice job keeping us in games,” Lubanski said of the Spartans’ pitching staff. “It could be a different story in the tournament, but we’ve played some big league games and I’ve loved this team’s attitude. “It’s a loose group of kids. They don’t seem like they ever feel pressure,” Lubanski added.

Seniors lead the way for MVCA tennis By Mark Chalifoux

The Miami Valley Christian Academy tennis team is heavy on seniors and the team has shown a considerable amount of progress in

the program’s third year. The Lions are a small team so have a hard time finding opponents, head coach Steve Clark said. “There are only two divisions in tennis so we end up playing some of the larger

Athletic director of the year

Steve Zimmerman, director of athletics at Nagel Middle School, recently received the South Western Ohio Athletic Directors Association Middle School Athletic Director of the Year award in recognition of his service, leadership and involvement at the local and district level.

Turpin baseball at 21-1 and counting

• Harrison beat Anderson 2-0, April 26. Anderson’s Kyle Blandford hit a double. • Anderson beat Middletown 7-6, April 27. Anderson’s Nick Mason was the winning pitcher, and Kyle Blandford was 2-3, hit a double and scored a homerun. • St. Xavier beat Purcell Marian 12-1, April 27. St. X’s Conor Gilligan pitched 10 strikeouts, and Nick Weston was 2-2, and scored four runs. • Turpin beat Wilmington 10-0 in six innings, April 27. Turpin’s Martin pitched eight strikeouts, and E.J. Naegel was 3-3 and hit a double.

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Miami Valley Christian Academy senior Hope Forgus gets ready to serve during a practice April 29.

schools,” he said. The Lions were 2-3 through the first half of the season. The team is made up mostly of seniors and is led by Clark’s son, Brandon, who plays No. 1 singles. “He’s been playing for a long time and having a player with that level of experience makes things a little easier,” the coach said. “He also works a lot with the other kids, because we have some kids who just picked up tennis in high school.” Brandon Clark is one of the few players on the team that practices year round. That leads to a more laidback environment in practice. “It’s a little more laidback than a traditional powerhouse tennis team just because most of these kids don’t play year-round,” Clark said. “It’s been great to coach these kids, though. We have great kids, and it’s been a blessing to coach them.” Clark said the most important thing for the newer players to learn is the strategy involved in a match and being aware what they need to do during the match. Clark said the players don’t get down on themselves, even when going against tougher com-


MVCA’s Brandon Clark plays No. 1 singles and is the team’s most experienced player. petition. “They go out and try their hardest and do the best they can. They try to learn something from each match and grow as players,” he said. “The kids get along really well and that’s helped make the season more fun.” Senior Conner Viator plays No. 2 singles and is good about keeping the ball in play and No. 3 singles player Avery Ashman is good at finding weaknesses in the opposition, according to Clark. The No. 1 doubles team is composed of Joe Schigel

and Justin Schacht. Seniors Hope Forgus and Sarah Potts play second doubles for the Lions. The team is heavy on seniors as they are the class that started the program as sophomores three years ago. Overall, Clark said the Lions have a lot of team camaraderie. “The kids have a lot of respect for each other and they are a great bunch,” he said. “It’s been a fun season so far.”

Sports & recreation

Signature move

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Crusader boys eighth-grade “A” basketball team finishes its season with a 42-10 overall record. They also go down in IHM history as the first team to accomplish the “Big Three” in one year: CYO League Champions, CYO City Tournament Champions, and the CYO City Open Tournament Champions. This marks the third year in a row winning the CYO City Tournament for this team. From left are Brandon Cook, Matthew Curran, Lucas Sherman, Christian Hay, Brian Corpuz, Aaron Albrinck, David Holmes, Joey Arbino, and Aaron Hoffman. In back from left are Coach Gary Cowens and Coach Rich Easley.

basketball season, Griesser led the team to a conference and district championship. During his two seasons as the Oak Hills starting catcher, he led the team to two conference championships and a record of 49-3. During his senior season, Griesser was named first team all conference in three sports. His combined record in games started for Oak Hills is an amazing 92-24, including 116 starts. Griesser was awarded a baseball scholarship to Miami University where he went on be a four-year starting

catcher and earn All Mid-American Conference honors for two years. Following his college career, Griesser signed to play with the Kansas City Royals organization. He played minor league baseball for six years. After his playing days were complete, he went on to earn his undergraduate and master’s degree. Griesser currently is the northeast regional sales manager for Hydro Systems/Nova Controls. He lives in Anderson Township with his wife, Moira, and their three children.

BRIEFLY • St. Xavier beat New Albany 4-0, April 26. St. X’s Ryan Bandy beat Ryad 6-0, 60; Devin Bostick beat Yun 6-4, 6-0; Hirsch Matani beat Romanoff 6-1, 6-1; Sean Bandy and Jay Fovel beat Hendrix and McNutt 6-3, 5-6; Ed Broun and Eric Naugle beat Rabe and Fawanwna 60, 6-3. St. Xavier advances to 10-0 with the win. • Turpin beat Wilmington 3-2, April 27. Turpin’s Aron Bercz beat Aerhardt 6-1, 6-2; Jordan Allen and John Knoll beat Davis and Smith 6-0, 6-3; Matt Farmer and Jason Wilke beat Merchant and Alexander 6-2, 6-4. Turpin advances to 5-8 with the win. • St. Xavier beat Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 5-0, April 28. St. X’s Ryan Bandy beat A. Tedrick 6-0, 6-0; Sean Bandy beat Difubio; Hirsch Matani beat Kenney 6-0, 6-0; Eric Naugle and Ed Broun beat Gilain and Wiltkugel 6-1, 6-1; Leary and Joe Speier beat B. Tedrick-Henize 6-2, 62. St. X advances to 11-0 with the win. • Anderson beat Turpin 32, April 28. Anderson’s Tyler Hugenberg beat Sam Wilke 57, 6-3, 6-4; Alex McConnell beat Aron Bercz 6-3, 6-2; Har-

rison Kraemer beat John Knoll 6-2, 6-3. Turpin’s Jason Wilke and Jordan Allen beat Clayton Gallagher and Alex Abromovich 6-4, 6-2; Spencer Lloyd and Matt Farmer beat Chris Matre and Ben McConnell 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Anderson advances to 4-9 with the win; Turpin falls to 59. • St. Xavier beat Walnut Hills 5-0, April 29. St. X’s Ryan Bandy beat Lerner 6-0, 6-3; Sean Bandy beat St. JohnFauz 6-0, 6-3; Hirsch Matani beat Knobloch 6-1, 6-0; Ed Broun and Eric Naugle beat Brown and Druffel 6-0, 6-0; Joe Speier and Devin Bostick beat Manabalan-Neff 6-0, 6-0.

cholas 12-8, April 29. St. X’s Nick Albers was the winning pitcher, and Conor Gilligan was 3-4 and had three RBI. McNick’s Robby Rice hit a double and had two RBI.

X’s Brown scored six goals, Buczek scored two goals and Brill, King, Burchenal, Whitaker and Kokenge scored one goal each. St. X advances to 8-3 with the win.

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This week in track and field

• St. Xavier boys beat Shady Side Academy 15-8, April 24. • St. Xavier boys beat Lakota West 13-3, April 28. St.



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• Anderson beat Harrison 4-2, April 28. Anderson’s winning pitcher was Matt Bauer, and Zach Moore was 3-4 and scored a homerun. • Turpin beat Wilmington 8-5, April 28. Turpin’s Joe Cronin was the winning pitcher, and E.J. Naegel scored a homerun and had three RBI. • Badin beat McNicholas 7-3, April 28. McNick’s Craig Hyson was 2-4, scored a homerun and had two RBI. • St. Xavier beat McNi-


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‘Big Three’ champs

The Oak Hills High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010 honored Anderson Township resident Grant Griesser and others Jan. 28 at the Meadows. Griesser, a 1985 graduate, was a three-sport standout for the Highlanders. In football, he earned all-league honors during his junior and senior seasons. He was a member of the 1984 basketball squad that posted a perfect 200 record on their way to a conference and city championship. His senior

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April 27 was the anniversary of our beloved Chris’ passing. It was to our utter disbelief on April 14 when our family saw a photo of his grave (and his baby cousins’ graves) on the front page of your newspaper accompanying negative text. This is a community newspaper and since we have been a part of this community for four generations, we deserve respect and compassion. You have no idea how you have added to our heartache due to your irresponsible journalism. Did you not realize that every flower and trinket was put there out of love and from much pain? How many people would con-

sider this beautiful, humble grave interfering with “the quality of the grounds”? Perhaps that should be your next poll. Helen Burden Nimitz Lane Mt. Washington

7 a.m. is too early for school to start

Is a 7 a.m. school start time really a good idea? I am referring to the article in last week’s Forest Hills Journal regarding the proposal to move the start time for middle school up another 20 minutes to 7 a.m. to save some bus costs. I have experienced dropping my children off for high school

CH@TROOM Last week’s question:

Do you, or would you, allow your high school-age child to go on a spring break trip? Why or why not? “Never! Why is it that parents think their kids need to go away on their own before they are 18 on a trip that will mostly be unsupervised? Even if chaperones are present they can’t possibly monitor every minute of every child there (Natalee Holloway is a prime example). “Usually when something tragic happens (the St. Xavier football player who fell to his death, highly intoxicated, or the Notre Dame student who crashed her car full of fellow students, most of whom did not wear seatbelts), it’s preventable. Letting an inexperienced person drive a whole car full of students (if they are under 18 drivers in Ohio, they are not allowed to have more than one other person in the car with them unless related) on a long trip, or another to go where there will always be alcohol just invites trouble.” R.L.H.

“Yes I would. I went on break in high school with no parent within 700 miles. No cell phones or any communication devices, expect your good old fashioned land-line. “We called home when we got there, once in the middle of the week and then saw our parents when we got home. “My parents trusted that I wouldn’t get out of control, based on the fact that they had already given me on many occassions, responsibilty tests out on my own, to screw up and learn ... and I did. “We have to trust ourselves that we have given our kids some solid advice, let them go out in the world and hope that they listened. “Parents who hover over their kids too much can cause more harm than good. Let them go explore, have fun and leave the praying to God to us the parents that they stay safe from harm and use their heads. “Unfortunately, sometimes, even the best parenting in the world can’t stop tragic events, accidents, that change our lives forever. It’s no one person’s fault, it’s, well life lived, no matter how long.” M.J.Y. “I would not allow my highschool age child to go on spring break. To be in an unsupervised environment away from home with all the different temptations this is just irresponsible. “No matter how mature your child is, why put them in a situation that even grown adults can not handle?”


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I.B. “When my children were in high school, they were allowed to go on spring break with their friends only if parents were going too. I was the mean mom who did not let them go to Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona, or wherever the hot spot was for that year. “I am sure they hated me for that, but they all grew up safely and are quite well-adjusted despite their deprived teen-aged years.” J.S.B. “All of our children are grown now, so it’s not an issue. But I will still answer it. Our two boys didn’t express any interest in such ‘extracurricular’ activity. “One was too busy with school, having skipped seventh and eighth grades to go to Covington Latin and get his education. The other one just didn’t care about that kind of thing. “Our daughter was another story, but we would never have let her go on a spring break while she was in high school. However, when she was in college, in her senior year, we did give our blessing, reluctantly. “You ask ‘why or why not?’ The answer is obvious: young kids should not be left unchaperoned and unmonitored until they are old and mature enough to be careful, safe, and smart. The recent deaths of young people due to falling after drinking should be enough of an answer to ‘why not.’” B.B. “Psychological and physiological studies reveal that the brains of teen-agers are still developing and maturing; often not having reached the stage for critical thinking and reflection needed for good decision making. Unfortunately, all too many of them act on impulse, and peer pressure has a certain motivation for their behavior, too. “Because of this, and due to their limited experience in travels to places where spring breakers frequent (often places that also attract predators), I think that teen-agers are putting their lives in danger by taking spring breaks. “My sense is that high schoolers, especially, and college freshmen, would be better served by participating in a guided work program where their energies might be put to work performing mission work, building churches, clinics or other places that would help those less fortunate communities out. “This would provide an opportunity for them to travel, experience a different culture, and make a meaningful contribution instead of mindless drinking and drugging. “Our culture, unfortunately, is

and middle school at the already early times and know that their first 30 to 40 minutes of school are often wasteful; they’re not awake yet. To move the start time for middle school up another 20 minutes is a waste of school time and even harder on the kids. The article even cites studies that show that later start times benefit high school student test scores. Wouldn’t the same apply to middle school students? I appreciate the efforts to look for new ways to save money, but in my opinion, this is not a good one. Dan Lape Jakaro Drive Anderson Township

Next question Is wind power a viable solution to our dependence on oil? Why or why not? Every week the Forest Hills Journal asks readers a question they can reply to via e-mail. Send your answers to m with Chatroom in the subject line. largely based on an economic design that emphasizes fitting into work that is financially remunerative, not especially soul satisfying, and then expending our leisure time in drinking, smoking, drugging and sex, or watching TV sports, not actually playing or participating. “There are a number of responsible young people, but again, why put them in danger? “I would not send any teenager of mine off on any spring breaks! Not unless they were well chaperoned work camps. Dr. W.S.W. “Oh, that would be a big, fat ‘NO!’ Why, because the ‘kid’ is only 17 maybe 18 years old. AND, more to the point, the only reason teenage boys go to Florida for spring break is to drink and have sex and the only reason teenage girls go is to ‘be seen’ by teenage boys. “You need a ‘break?’ Stay home, unplug the computer, don’t answer your cell phone and read a good book!” Lisa D. “No, I never let my kids go on a spring break trip when they were in high school . They are in college now and they still are not allowed to go on a spring break trip. “This has caused many a heated argument in our house but I continue to stand my ground. They are not allowed to go because of what exactly happened to that boy from St. X.” J.C. “When my children were in high school, spring break trips with classmates weren’t an issue. That’s what college kids did, and thankfully we never had to deal with it. “I was appalled reading comments by some parents, after the deaths of the two local students on spring break, proclaiming they would never allow their high school-age child to go. “Surely they don’t realize how cruel those words sound to those who are suffering the most heartbreaking of losses. Now is not the time to be voicing opinions on this.” S.S.





School board should stop trying to rebuild schools On April 28 I attended and participated in the FHSD community discussion regarding the facilities master plan. It is time to “put the horses back in the barn.” The school board and facilities team failed to explain how their four plans meet or exceeded their Charge Statement: “…the charge of the facilities master plan committee is to ultimately set the stage to pass a bond issue that will maintain and enhance the delivery of the Forest Hills School District academic mission, upgrade the district’s facilities, and deliver a more cost-effect school district to and for our communities.” Option A is to continue operating as a nine-building configuration; in this option there is no bond issue included. Option A is in direct conflict with their charge statement. Option A was not offered in a genuine manner. The remaining options result in the significant re-organization of a world-class educational institution. The next part of their charge statement: “…maintain and enhance the delivery of the Forest Hills School District academic mission…” Forest Hills School District provides a world-class education. The FHSD facilities team failed to link options B, C and D with how they would enhance the delivery of the Forest Hills Local School District academic mission. The FHSD mission: “To provide educational opportunities that enable our students to acquire the knowledge, skills and personal qualities necessary for responsible citizenship and lifelong learning.” They fail to prove how they would enhance this mission. Our starting point is very high. The average performance index of FHSD is 106.00 for the past three years, based on the Ohio Depart-

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ment of Education report card. In 20082009 the performance index for Anderson was 109.6, Turpin was 110.4. Perfect is 120. They were not able to correlate how changing the configuration of our district would improve

these results. They did not cite one example of how another school district in the state of Ohio radically improved their performance by changing the configuration of their schools. I concede new schools equal updated facilities. They failed to illustrate how they would save money with the utilization of these new configurations to comply with their charge of “…deliver a more cost-effect school district…” World-class organizations utilize facilities management companies, such as Johnson Controls and Jones Lang LaSalle. Firms like these may be interested in the chance to manage nine schools on eight campuses. Their businesses focus on lowering the operating costs of their customer’s capital. The FHSD school board did not provide independent analysis to confirm their findings. The FHSD school board and facilities team failed to show how their four options would “enhance the academic mission”; the FHSD school board should stop trying to rebuild one of the world-class educational institutions. Great parents, great kids and great teachers make great schools. Mark Kapostasy is a Forest Hills School District parent.

Closing roads for foot race is unacceptable Last week, students from Nagel Road Middle School left fliers at all homes in the adjacent neighborhood that proposed closing portions of State and Nagel Roads for a foot race on May 22. Corporate sponsors include Kroger Corp., Dunkin’ Donuts, Dole Food Corp. and Mercy Hospital. I strongly believe this proposed closure is untenable and totally outof-line as it allows all of us who live here no egress from our properties during the times dictated. I find this edict totally unacceptable and I am confused as to why the Forest Hills Foundation for Education chose to instill such disharmony upon the very people whose tax dollars pay for the Forest Hills school system. The aforementioned flier is the first notification we who live on these streets have received, yet apparently the Forest Hills school system, the Forest Hills school board and officials of Anderson Township have been deeply entrenched in discussions for quite some time with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office and the Hamilton County Engineer’s office to effect this street closure. They did so without having the courtesy or integrity of giving any thought to the needs, concerns and input of us, the people who actually live here. I am not in conflict with the pro-

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posed event or its efficacy to the school system. I do, however, John take great excepGuntzelman tion to the idea of closing public Community streets for this Press guest event and I am columnist emphatic that the Forest Hills school system has no right to tell us what time is appropriate and what time is not appropriate for us to leave our own driveways. Anderson Township is blessed with ample parks (paid for with our property tax dollars) as well as the beautiful Five Mile Bike Trail. The bike trail is an especially appropriate venue for this event. Furthermore, using the bike trail for this race does not encumber citizens with unwanted burdens, restrictions and intrusions upon our lives. I strongly suggest that organizers of this event change the location. I further suggest that they do so now, while there is indeed time to move it rather than turning their endeavor into a major embarrassment for the Forest Hills school system and a liability to the corporate and business sponsors. John C. Guntzelman lives on State Road in Anderson Township.


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Owner Penni Yannessa, right, and her husband, Tom, inside Sequels Consignment & Boutique in Anderson Township. The store specializes in new and gently used apparel, accessories and home decor.

Sequels merges frugal with fashion Penni Yannessa has a passion for fashion and not just the latest trends from the runway. “It’s not about what’s in style, it’s about personal style,” she said. Yannessa, who owns of Sequels Consignment and Boutique in Anderson Township, said she opened her store after deciding to make a career change five years ago. “I came to a point where I could go work for another designer or start something on a smaller scale on my own,” she said. “I’m a super eclectic person and too many places are so cookiecutter.” Yannessa said she tries to provide a unique venue for her customers’ stylistic expression. From designer handbags and vintage dresses to wall art and home decor, Sequels carries it all. One thing Yannessa said sets her store apart is the free wardrobe consultation, where she helps customers select the right outfit, whether it’s for a job interview or a cocktail party. And when it comes to evaluating how a piece looks on a customer, Yannessa said she is honest. “I’d rather they buy

Sequels Consignment & Boutique

Address: 8315 Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township Phone: 388-0123 Owner: Penni Yannessa, owner Web: E-mail: sequels@ Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. nothing than the wrong thing,” she said. “(Customers) can come in and test styles, looks, shapes and fabrics without breaking the bank.” Yannessa also allows customers to set up “fashion fundraiser” accounts where money from sold consignor items will be set aside for various organizations, from the YMCA to Girl Scouts, and more than 100 accounts are currently in place. “It’s our way of paying it forward,” she said. “I feel so good about what we do.” By Lisa Wakeland. Send your “Small Business Spotlight” suggestions to espangler@


Beechmont Players is presenting “Speaking in Tongues” at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. It is a psychological thriller. Two couples in unstable marriages inadvertently exchange partners in a night of adulterous encounters. The cost is $12, $10 seniors and students. Call 2332468 or visit

Flower sale

The American Legion Auxiliary Mount Washington Unit 484 is hosting the Auxiliary Flower Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at American Legion Mount

Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave., Mount Washington. The sale includes hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables and more. Call 678-8162.

Garage sale

Anderson Township is hosting a Community Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township. The event features shopping from 25 vendors. Other garage sales located throughout township. Admission is free. Call 688-8400 or visit

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Business helps girls go to prom in style This spring marks the fifth year in which under-resourced high school girls from across Greater Cincinnati have gathered in an O’Bryonville boutique to be completely outfitted, free of charge, for their school proms. From the day that Kenzie’s CLOSET first opened its doors in 2006, Hyde Park dry cleaner Appearance Plus has served as a drop-off location for gently used prom dresses, and has cleaned thousands of donated dresses, making hundreds of prom dreams come true each spring. “We’ve had a relationship with (Kenzie’s CLOSET founder and CEO) Brynne Coletti for many years as a customer,” said Debbie Heitzman, general manager at Appearance Plus Cleaners. “When she came to us five years ago with her idea for a nonprofit that would serve disadvantaged teens, we were so excited that we just asked, ‘How can we help?’” That first year, Appearance Plus collected, cleaned and pressed more than 500 dresses. This year they’ve gathered more than 1,000 gowns, and many shoes, purses and accessories. The business has also attended several dress drives sponsored by radio station KISS 107, and provides storage and transportation of dresses and

More than 1,500 girls have visited the boutique. Referred by school guidance counselors and social workers, they are met by a personal shopping assistant who helps them choose and try on dresses until they find the gown of their dreams. Then they select the shoes, jewelry, wrap and purse to complete the outfit. Volunteer PROVIDED. seamstresses are on hand to make onFor five years, Appearance Plus Cleaners has the-spot alterations if needed. The gathered, cleaned and transported prom dresses for outfits are theirs to keep, and each girl goes home with a single pink rose. Kenzie’s CLOSET. “These girls go home with more accessories. than a dress and shoes,” said Coletti. “I reserve a special place in my “They leave with their heads held heart for Appearance Plus Cleaners, high, with that sense of confidence our faithful partner for five years,” that comes from knowing they’ll look said Coletti. amazing on that special day.” “They’ve supported us since the “Our partnership with Kenzie’s boutique’s earliest days, and have CLOSET is just one of the ways we can made a difference in the lives of give back and help our community,” teenagers in need from across the Heitzman said. city.” “This is part of our company culColetti launched Kenzie’s CLOSET ture – that all employees are involved after she was moved to anonymously and making a difference in our world.” provide a complete prom outfit for a Kenzie’s CLOSET was named after girl at her daughter’s school. Makena Anne Comisar, who was trag“When I learned that financial limically killed in a single-car accident in itations would keep this young lady 2002 before she had the chance to from attending her prom, I knew I had attend her senior prom. Kenzie was a to do something,” said Coletti. “The student at St. Ursula and was known idea for the boutique grew from that for her big heart and generosity. experience.”

Firefighters memorial to expand Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Inc. recently announced the expansion and renovation of the current Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial located at the intersection of 6th Street and Central Avenue downtown. Upon completion of the project, the memorial will be known as Greater Cincinnati Firefighter Memorial Park. It will be a regional memorial park dedicated to honoring the memories of all who serve in the fire and emergency response services, locally, nationally, and internationally. The men and women of the past, present, and future will be honored by memorializing their efforts given to the time honored profession of being public-safety professionals. The capital campaign to complete this project requires meeting the goal of $400,000.

Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Inc. is asking for the public to support its fundraising efforts by visiting where they can purchase pavers that will be laid as part of the memorial design. A tax deductible donation of $50 or $100 can buy a brick that will be inscribed with text chosen to acknowledge and commemorate their support. Fire departments can share in the memorial with a dedicated “Captain’s Paver” that will be a special way of observing the members of their department with a 16-by-16-inch granite paver that will become a forever lasting part of the park. The “Captain’s Paver” costs $100 and is only available to fire departments to participate in purchasing. There is also a corporate challenge

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Take Off Pounds Sensibly Meeting, 6 p.m.7 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. Weigh-ins begin at 5:30 p.m.Free for first meeting. Presented by TOPS. 232-6509. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road. $5. 379-4900. Anderson Township.


Leah Stewart, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Husband and Wife.” 3968960; Norwood.


Anderson Hills MOPS meeting, 9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road. Anderson Hills Mothers of Preschoolers meeting. Mothers of children birth-kindergarten. Child care available, $4 per child. $23.95 one-year membership; plus $5 per meeting, free for first-timers. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Hills Mothers of Preschoolers. 231-4172. Anderson Township.


Steve Barone, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Dilly Cafe, 6818 Wooster Pike. Solo guitarist. 561-5233. Mariemont. Don Braden, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. With the Phil DeGreg Trio. Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. $10. 871-6789; Mount Lookout.


Speaking in Tongues, 8 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Psychological thriller. Two couples in unstable marriages inadvertently exchange partners in a night of adulterous encounters. $12, $10 seniors and students. Presented by Beechmont Players. 233-2468; Anderson Township.


Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave. Household items, toys, clothes, accessories. Benefits various local, national and international missions. Free. Through May 8. 231-2650; Mount Washington. Spring Craft and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PNC Bank Mariemont Branch, 6902 Wooster Pike. Hand-knitted items, candle decorations and garden merchandise. Free. Presented by MARIELDERS, INC. 271-5588. Mariemont. Church Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave. Fellowship Hall. Bake sale available. Benefits various missions. Free. 231-2650; Mount Washington. S A T U R D A Y, M A Y 8


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.

Juried Exhibition, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Woman’s Art Club Cultural Center, 272-3700; Mariemont. In the Footsteps of Duveneck: Harry Shokler and E.T. Hurley, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Phyllis Weston Gallery, 321-5200. O’Bryonville. Teaching Clay: Four Decades at Northern Kentucky University, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Funke Fired Arts, Free. 871-2529; Oakley. The Art of Dr. Seuss: A Retrospective Exhibition, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Malton Art Gallery, 321-8614; Oakley. Change of Season, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Free. 791-7717; Fairfax. Peak and Flow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley.




Community Prayer Breakfast, 7 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Mariemont Community Church, 3908 Plainville Road. Benefits Mariemont High School FCA group. Free. 252-4262. Mariemont. F R I D A Y, M A Y 7


Line Dance Class, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Oakley Community Center, 3882 Paxton Ave. Dancing with Jerry and Kathy Helt, instructors. Wear smooth soled shoes. No partner dances and no prior dance experience required. $4. Presented by Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation. 321-6776. Oakley.


Job Search Skills Workshops, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Anderson Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. Workshops provide technically-oriented learning opportunities for anyone currently in job transition. Ages 18 and up. Free. Presented by Job Search Learning Labs. 474-3100; Anderson Township.


5 After 5 Tasting, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Whole Foods Market, 2693 Edmondson Road. Sample five wines or beers and five hors d’oeuvres. Includes wine or beer glass and lite bites. Bring your Whole Foods Market glass back during another tasting and receive $1 off at door. $5. 531-8015; Norwood. Casual Friday, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Casual Friday Wine Tasting: Six for $22 with food and music. The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road. $22 for six. 871-8788; O’Bryonville. Wine Tasting, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Water Tower Fine Wines, 6136 Campus Lane. 2319463; Mount Washington.

Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


Teen Self-Defense, 10 a.m.-noon, Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Lessons on awareness and protection. Physical self-defense explained and practiced. Ages 11-14. $25, $20 residents. Registration required. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4513. Anderson Township.


Zumba Fitness Class, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Mother’s Day Tea, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road. Tasting of three specialty teas served on Fine English China and snacks. $32.95, $22.95 ages 12 and under. 871-5170; O’Bryonville.

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Tammy York, 11 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “60 Hikes, 60 Miles.” Special focus on hiking with children in the Cincinnati area. Family friendly. 396-8960; Norwood. Nathaniel Philbrick, 1 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.” 396-8960; Norwood.


An American Musical Salute, 7:30 p.m. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road. Cabaret-style program includes spirituals, show tunes, patriotic and popular songs. Pianist Michael Chertock performs. Includes refreshments and silent auction. $12, $10 seniors and students, $6 children under 12. Presented by Cincinnati Choral Society. 734-2379; Anderson Township.


Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions, 10 a.m.-10:40 a.m. Knox Church, 3400 Michigan Ave. The Madcap Puppets join Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell exciting stories set to chamber music. For ages 2-6 and their families. Free Graeter’s cookies at concert. $12 for flexbook of four tickets, $4. Presented by Linton Music. 381-6868; Hyde Park.


Javier Mendoza, 8 p.m. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road. Singer-songwriter and composer. $15. 731-8000; Oakley.


Speaking in Tongues, 8 p.m. Anderson Center, $12, $10 seniors and students. 2332468; Anderson Township.



The Appalachian Community Development Association is hosting the Appalachian Festival Friday-Sunday, May 7-9, at Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. The event features artisans, crafts, dance and food vendors, storytelling and bluegrass music entertainment. The event is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 7; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 8; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Fantastic Friday pricing is: $4, $2 seniors and children. Admission Saturday and Sunday is $8, $4 ages 55 and up, $2 ages 4-11, free ages 3 and under; parking $6. Call 251-3378 or visit Pictured are Debbie Meadows-Ginn, chair of the Living History area of the festival, and her granddaughter Wayla Temple, both of Delhi Township. S U N D A Y, M A Y 9


Breakfast Buffet, 9 a.m.-noon, American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave. Eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, fruit, breads and homemade coffee cakes, coffee, milk, and juices. Bluegrass music with Mary Zistler & the Old Coney Bluegrass Band. $7, $3 children. Presented by American Legion Mt. Washington Post 484. 231-7351; Mount Washington.


Speaking in Tongues, 3 p.m. Anderson Center, $12, $10 seniors and students. 2332468; Anderson Township.

Bowling Party, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Cherry Grove Lanes, 4005 Hopper Hill Road. Includes door prizes, silent auction and split-the-pot. Benefits various Kiwanis’ youth charities. Bowlers $15, $10 ages 16 and under; $10 requested donation from spectators. Presented by Kiwanis Club-Milford. 528-2067. Anderson Township.



Eckankar Worship Services, 11 a.m.-noon The Power and Beauty of HU. Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road. Services feature reading, singing HU, followed by spiritual contemplation and discussion of spiritual principles at work in daily life. Free. Presented by Ohio Satang Society Inc. 6747001; Anderson Township.

Rummage Sale, 9 a.m.-noon $2 Bag Sale. Mount Washington Presbyterian Church, Free. 231-2650; Mount Washington. Anderson Township Historical Society Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Miller-Leuser Log House, 6550 Clough Pike. All home-grown plants. Benefits Anderson Township Historical Society. Free. Presented by Anderson Township Historical Society. 231-2114. Anderson Township. Auxiliary Flower Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. American Legion Mount Washington Post 484, 1837 Sutton Ave. Includes hanging baskets, herbs, vegetables and more. Presented by American Legion Auxiliary Mount Washington Unit 484. 678-8162. Mount Washington. Community Garage Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road. Shopping from 25 vendors. Other garage sales located throughout township. Free. Presented by Anderson Township. 6888400; Anderson Township.

Anderson Township History Room, 1 p.m.4 p.m. History Room at Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Learn about the history of Anderson Township through photos and exhibits. Staffed by Anderson Township Historical Society members. 688-8400. Anderson Township.


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ART & CRAFT CLASSES The Joy of Painting: Landscape, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Learn famous Bob Ross landscape painting method. Ages 16 and up. All skill levels. $50, $45 residents. Registration required.388-4513. Anderson Township.

LITERARY - SIGNINGS Michael Grant, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Lies: A Gone Novel.” 3968960; Norwood.


After Hours, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road. Free. Presented by Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. 474-4802; Anderson Township.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


Karl Marlantes, 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.” 396-8960. Norwood.


Stargazing 101, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place. Class on constellations. Family friendly. $18. Reservations required. 556-6932. Mount Lookout.


Willie Nelson, 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m. PNC Pavilion at Riverbend, 6295 Kellogg Ave. Country singer, songwriter and musician. Rain or shine. $69.50, $49.50, $29.50. 800-745-3000; Anderson Township.


Anderson Township History Room, 1 p.m.4 p.m. History Room at Anderson Center, 688-8400. Anderson Township.


Wiggle Worm Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave. Children enjoy arts, crafts, games and activities. Each week has different theme. Ages 4-6. $35, $25 residents. Registration required. 388-4515. Anderson Township.

Peak and Flow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Country Club, Free. 792-9744; Oakley.


Yardwaste Recycling Drop-off Program, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Bzak Landscaping at Turpin Farm, 946-7734. Newtown.


Zumba Fitness Class, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Clough United Methodist Church, $5. 3794900. Anderson Township.


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird, 6 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Hear excerpts from the classic Harper Lee novel. 3968960; Norwood.


Lillian Lincoln Lambert, 1 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road. Author discusses and signs “The Road to Someplace Better.” 396-8960; Norwood.


Faux Frenchmen, 6:30 p.m. Allyn’s, 3538 Columbia ParkWay. 871-5779; Columbia Tusculum. PROVIDED/JAN GROOVE/JANET BORDEN INC., NEW YORK

Catch the last few days of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibit of color photography and celebrate Mother’s Day with “Starburst: Color Photography in America." The exhibit, through Sunday, May 9, shows how the common snapshot becomes high art with photos taken through the 1970s. The art museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Special Mother's Day activities will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9, including family portraits by Robert Flischel, a silhouette artist, an art-making activity for children, music by the Chris Comer Trio and brunch in the Terrace Café from noon to 3 p.m. Brunch requires reservations. Call 513-639-2986. Visit Pictured is “Untitled,” by Jan Groover, 1978. A chromomeric print, part of “Starburst: Color Photography in America.”


Women’s Adult Softball League, 6:30 p.m. Weekly through July 26. Riverside Park, 3969 Roundbottom Road. Teams guaranteed eight games and tournament at end of season. Ages 18 and up. $470 per team. Registration required by April 16. Presented by Anderson Township Park District. 388-4514. Anderson Township.


Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods is hosting “Birdathon” at 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Union Township. The event continues through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Identify different types of birds in a 24-hour period. Pledges of 5 cents to $5 per species found is encouraged. Call 831-1711 or visit

May 5, 2010

Those who can’t love their neighbors as themselves The scriptures direct us to “love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew: 22:39). The “as yourself,” is usually considered a fait accompli. We presuppose we do love ourselves. Yet, myriads of us don’t. And if we don’t, relationships, friendships and marriages are negatively affected. Over the last century psychology has recognized an almost epidemic-like rise in narcissism. This term is misunderstood by most. Narcissistic persons are imagined as people over-dosed on pride, absorbed in themselves and oblivious to the needs and feelings of anymore else. This persona is a veneer, an unconscious strategy, a compensation to hide their core perception of their inferiority. Narcissists usually come from adequate-appearing

families. They are impoverished, nevertheless, by the lack of appreciation of self conveyed to them in their upbringing. They did not get enough attention from parents or guardians, especially attention in the way they needed it. Narcissism is not too much self but, rather, not enough self. As young children, their true self was not acknowledged and fostered. They were not permitted enough authentic and spontaneous expression of who they really are. Author and psychotherapist Stephanie Dowrick states in her book, “Intimacy & Solitude,” “The narcissistic adult is not one who has been ‘spoilt’ by too much attention, but someone whose life has been spoilt because those who cared for him in infancy and childhood were unable to

see or know who he was, and to respond to that. Instead they saw a reflection of their own needs, or someone who intruded upon their own needs.” This treatment gradually forms and launches into life an empty person who doesn’t know who he is, who feels inadequate, and certainly doesn’t (as scripture asks) love the pathetic person he perceives himself to be. So, he or she learns to conceal their sad embarrassment by acting superior in their demeanor, words and behavior. They seek to please to gain acceptance. They thrive on constant praise and approval to prop up their concocted image. The affirmations and love offered to narcissists never seem to be enough. If early emotional neglect from significant people

implied to them they were unlovable and worthless, they are likely to be distrustful of the people who claim to love or admire them now. Why? Dowrick says, “This is because it is impossible to accept the love of others until you love your own self.” What are people to do who are in a relationship with a narcissisticallytinged person? First, the narcissist must become aware (perhaps with professional help) of his or her condition and be willing to work with their own inner life. Second, if their partner in the relationship genuinely loves them, then the partner (perhaps also with professional assistance) can learn suitable affirmations and expressions of love to be of help in their growth.

Letter carriers to ‘Stamp Out’ hunger May 8 Greater Cincinnati letter carriers will host the nation’s largest single-day food drive Saturday, May 8, as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger! effort. Now in its 18th year, Stamp Out Hunger! has col-

lected more than 1.9 million pounds of food. In 2010, drive organizers hope to exceed last year’s record-setting total of 73.4 million pounds of donated food, as well as surpass one billion pounds of food collected over the history of the drive.

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Northern Kentucky, simply leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 8. Food

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What moms are asking for – recipes Mother’s Day is coming up, so I wanted to devote this column to all t h e requests from our CommuniRita ty Press Heikenfeld a n d Recorder Rita’s kitchen moms. And I know I preach this all the time, but remember all the “moms,” biological or otherwise, who’ve been a blessing to you. They come in many forms and guises! Give them a call, a card, or an invitation to share your table.

Grilled chicken breast with watermelonjalapeño salsa

For Georgeann Kennedy who wanted a fruit salsa recipe. I’m going her one better with this duo. Jessie, my daughter-inlaw, made this and it’s a favorite at everyone’s house now. The salsa is great with just about any kind of grilled meat. If you can’t find mango, then papaya will work well.


1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon chili powder 3 ⁄4 teaspoon cumin 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves, minced

Four 6-ounce chicken breasts Put together in bag and marinate in refrigerator for at least four hours.


2 cups watermelon 1 cup mango 1 ⁄4 cup finely chopped red onion 2 tablespoon cilantro 2 tablespoon jalapeño pepper 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sugar 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt Mix together and put on top of grilled chicken.

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May 5, 2010

Beechmont Players tackle dramatic thriller It’s a darker, more serious production, but entertaining and interesting. That’s how director Jef Brown describes “Speaking

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John P. Conrad and Rebecca Krausser rehearse a scene in the Beechmont Players’ production of “Speaking in Tongues.” unexpected resolution.” The play, written by Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, follows two seemingly separate story lines – one of couples who inadvertently switch partners for an illicit affair and another of a psychologist, her patient, an ex-lover, her husband and a mysterious man. Four actors portray all nine roles and weave an intricate story about relationships between spouses and strangers. Brown said he enjoyed both the language and word play in “Speaking in Tongues” and likes how the words, often spoken simultaneously by the actors, take on a different context in each situation. Jody Hart de Henriquez, who plays Sonja and Sarah, said it’s challenging to portray two characters who have contradictory personalities. Sonja is a loving wife and mother in a troubled marriage and Sarah, on the other hand, is a manipulative woman who “plays games with people, their

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Forest Hills Journal

May 5, 2010

DEATHS Joseph E. Betz

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Sunday School 10:00 am Sunday Worship 11:00 am Wed Night Bible Study 7:00 pm Pastor Ed Wilson 8105 Beech Avenue - Deer Park (Just off Galbraith across from Amity School) 513-793-7422


UNITED METHODIST 7515 Forest Beechmont Ave 231-4172

Sr. Pastor Mark Rowland Ann Luzader, Mike Carnevale Traditional Service 8:30 & 11:00am Contemporary Service 9:30 & 11:00am (Nursery care from 9:15am-12:15pm.) Sunday School for Children & Adults at 9:30am & 11:00am. Youth Fellowship (grade 7-12), 6-8pm.

Joseph E. Betz, 88, of Anderson Township died April 21. Survived by wife, Norma E. Betz; daughter, Judy A. Emrick; grandchildren, Mac (Debbie) and Dirk (Stephanie) Emrick; and greatgrandchildren, Joey, Vincent and Elizabeth. Preceded in death by father, George Betz; and mother, Ada Johnson. No services. Memorials to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8041 Hosbrook Road, Suite 422, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Anderson Hills United Methodist

The church invites the community to “pray around the flagpole” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 6, for the 59th annual National Day of Prayer. Join representatives of the government, police, fire and rescue, schools, and area churches in observance of the 2010 theme: “Prayer... For Such a Time as This.” A picnic lunch will be served on the front porch immediately following the prayer service. The Cincinnati Choral Society will present “An American Musical Salute,” featuring pianist Michael Chertock, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in fellowship hall. The chorus will sing spirituals, patriotic and popular songs and show tunes. Refreshments will be served and it includes a silent auction. The cost is $12 for adults, $10 seniors and students, and $6 for children under 12. The church is at 7515 Forest Road, Anderson Township; 231-4172.

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Bernice Clark, 58, formerly of Mount Washington died April 24. Survived by siblings, Bradley C. and Bryon E. Clark; and many nephews. Preceded in death by father, H.F. Clark; mother, Ruth Steigerwald; and siblings, Gary and Bruce Clark, and Barbara Sykes. The family requested private services. Memorials to: American Heart Association, 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

Announcing the engagement of John W. Leuthold Jr. to Valerie Robinson. Parents of the groom-John Sr. and Lin- Clough United Methodist Church da Leuthold; parents of the The church is having its annual bride-JoAnne McDonald Motorcycle Blessing starting at noon Saturday, May 15, in the and Bill Robinson, Jr. Wedchurch parking lot. There will be ding set for 04/02/11


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prayer for safety on the roads followed by a ride through the community. Motorcyclists and their families are also invited to a free cookout (hamburgers and hot dogs) served through 2 p.m. There will also be a bake sale held by the Clough Youth Group to raise money for youth ministries. In case of rain, activities will move to Sunday, May 16, beginning at noon. For more information, call the

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Richard “Red” Probus, 80, of Mount Washington died April 19. Survived by wife, Judy Probus; siblings, Charlotte Moews, Edna (Leland) Stone and Goldie Shickel; siblings-in-law, Lorraine Venters and Pearl O’Connor; and nieces and nephews, Barb (Steve) Drees, Jim (Jackie) Venters and Tony (Sharon) Moews; and many other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by son, Richard “Rick” Probus; father, Marion Frances Probus; mother, Lela Del


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Faith Christian Fellowship Church

Rock Church ministry for seventh through 12th grade meets the third Saturday of each month 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Features DJ, dancing, games, prizes and concessions. The church is at 6800 School St., Newtown; 271-8442.

Forestville Baptist Church

The church will hold its Vacation Bible School program June 13-17. This year’s theme is SeaQuest “Diving for God’s Treasure.” The program is open to the community and provides children ages 4-12 a week of fun, games, excitement, singing and Biblical instruction in a safe environment. Attendees will also be eligible for free giveaways including tickets to Kings Island, Newport Aquarium and more. Admission is free. For more information, contact the church at 4743884 or visit The church is at 1311 Nagel Road, Anderson Township; 474-3884.

Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

The church is presenting the Cincinnati Opera Friday, May 14, with a presentation of “La Boheme Redux.” This special 50-minute version of the Puccini masterpiece is sung in English. “La Boheme Redux” is a fresh and accessible take on one of the best-loved operas of all time. This delightful experience is suitable for ages 8 through adult. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child, 12 and under. For more information, visit or call 231-8634. The church is at 2710 Newtown Road, Newtown; 231-8634.

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Religion news is published at no charge on a spaceavailable basis. Items must be to our office no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, for possible consideration in the following edition. E-mail announcements to foresthills@communitypress.c om, with “Religion” in the subject line. Fax to 248-1938. Call 248-8600. Mail to: Forest Hills Journal, Attention: Religion news, 394 Wards Corner Road, Suite 170, Loveland, OH 45140. from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8. Proceeds from the sale benefit various local, national and international missions. Quality merchandise at reasonable prices will include clothing, furniture and household items. The Marietta College Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Monek, will be perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 17, at the church as a part of its annual spring tour. Admission to the concert is free. This year’s tour program, entitled “So Thin a Veil,” features a variety of works representing a selection of classic and contemporary choral literature that explore the many contrast that exist in our lives. The church offers ConnXions, a contemporary worship service at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in fellowship hall. Arrive at 5 for some coffee and fellowship time. Sunday morning services are the 9:30 a.m. Morning Glory service, a blended worship service, and the 11 a.m. traditional worship service. Childcare is available at all three services. Sunday school for children through sixth grade is held at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Junior and senior high classes are at 11 a.m. Adult classes are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Youth fellowship is held every Sunday evening with dinner at 6 p.m. and a program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is at 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 231-2650,

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Money taken; $150 at 8135 Beechmont, April 19.

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Subjects trespassed on property of Coney Island at Kellogg Avenue, April 21.

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The Community Press publishes names of adults charged with offenses. The information is a public record and does not imply guilt or innocence. To contactpolice: • Anderson Township: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Hartzler, District 5 commander, 825-2280. • Cincinnati District 2 – California and Mount Washington: Capt. Douglas Wiesman, District 2 commander. Kelley Macbeth, neighborhood officer, 352-3591. • Newtown: Tom Synan, chief, 561-7697 or 825-2280. Five Mile, April 13. Flag and pole taken; $400 at 740 Cedar Point Drive, April 15. GPS unit taken from vehicle at 1291 Birney Lane, April 16. Debit card, etc. taken from vehicle at 857 Strathcoma, April 12. Cavitette motor taken from aerator system at 454 Eight Mile Road, April 19. Steel bars taken from Plant Place; $2,500 at Beechmont Avenue, April 17. Purse taken from vehicle at 7380 Beechmont Ave., April 16. Cellphone and MP3 player taken from locker at Nagel Middle School; $700 at Nagel Road, April 14. Purse taken from vehicle at 8000 Five Mile Road, April 19. Medication taken at 2040 Evanor Lane, April 16. Purses taken from vehicles at Ohio 125, April 16. Shirt taken from Gabriel Brothers; $13 at Ohio 125, April 16. Meat products taken from Kroger; $213 at Beechmont Avenue, April 18.


Tires punctured on vehicle at 8342 Beechmont, April 12.

CINCINNATI DISTRICT 2 Arrests/citations

Anthony J Clark, born 1965, assault knowingly harm victim, 1818 Sutton Ave., April 22.


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Robert J Matthis, born 1976, disorderly conduct, 1831 Mears Ave., April 23. Jason Kraus, born 1971, theft under $300, criminal trespass, 2351 Beechmont Ave., April 19.

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1065 Sutton Road: C.D. Brandenburg & Son Custom Builder Inc. to Bittner Nicholas & Saw Chin Tan; $55,000. 1171 Witt Road: Livengood Bryan W. Tr to Stewart Norma I. & William J.; $75,000. 1248 Bondick Drive: Wilham Chad E. & Jennifer R. to Bac Home Loans Servicing; $75,000. 1359 Coolidge Ave.: Miller Sandra L. to Roberts Richard S. & Carol A.; $42,000. 1411 Beacon Road: Upton Richard & Gregory to Newland Reula; $28,000. 1745 Hilltree Drive: Newcomb Virginia L. to Williams Marilyn J.; $130,000. 1778 Rusticwood Lane: Baer Brian H. to U.S. Bank National Association Tr; $190,438. 2127 Flaxen Court: Pettinichi Scott & Jeanne to Earhart Vicky L.; $245,000. 6614 Wyndwatch Drive: Eckert John

H. & Maureen S. to Dibattista Brian M. & Gina M.; $447,000. 7617 Forest Road: Holthaus Julie to Federal Home Loan Mortgag Corp.; $94,000. 8398 Wycliffe Drive: White David K. & Barbara T. to Price Richard & Rosemary Poultney; $512,905. 8407 Northport Drive: Johnson Michael & Ginger to Federal National Mortgage Association; $70,000. 987 Stream View Court: Lund David G. & Elizabeth C. to Weingartner Christopher L. & Stephanie A.; $345,000. 998 Rosetree Lane: Bayerle Nikolaus Jr. to Hsbc Bank Usa National Association Tr; $88,000.


1314 Burney Lane: Burke Jean S. Tr to Schlenk Bryan G.; $82,000. 2241 Sussex Ave.: Cole Sean P. & Meghan E. to Hartlieb-Reichardt Christ & Erec P.; $238,000. 2332 Beechmont Ave.: Rentz Charles T. to Huntington National Bank The; $112,000.

About real estate transfers

Information is provided as a public service by the office of Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes. Neighborhood designations are approximate. 6316 Coffey St.: Perry Ashley Nicole to Bauer Mary L.; $145,500. 6462 Rainbow Lane: Paige Tanisha N & John W. to Rogala David J. & Susan; $57,000. 6525 Lyceum Court: Zerbe Harry Leland Iii & Mary A. to Zerbe Harry Leland Iii @2; $80,000.


3448 Drake St.: Sloan Lawrence E. & Heather L. Piazza to Piazza Heather L.; $74,000. 6812 Center St.: Bronner Jason & Heather to Bac Home Loans Servicing P.; $46,000.

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May 5, 2010

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Forest Hills ordered to pay $10,000 By Forrest Sellers

The Forest Hills Local School District has been ordered to pay $10,000 in attorney fees for violating the state’s Sunshine Law. A lawsuit filed on behalf of the Forest Hills Journal claimed the school district violated Ohio’s Sunshine Law by banning the public from the meetings of a committee formed to discuss facilities. In March, Judge Steve Martin ruled the Forest Hills Local School District had

violated the state’s Sunshine law. Following the ruling, meetings of the district’s facilities committee were opened to the public. Jack Greiner, an attorney representing the Forest Hills Journal, said the district settled out of court on the attorney fees. The amount was “a little of a compromise,” he said. The initial amount requested was for $16,000. The district was also fined $500 for the Sunshine Law violation. The district had claimed

the Superintendent’s Facility Committee was formed by Superintendent John Patzwald and therefore was not a public body subject to the state’s Sunshine Law. “The best thing about the decision is the court put substance over form,” said Greiner. “Instead of just looking at the label of the committee, the court looked at what the committee actually did and not what it was called.” Attorneys for the district were unable to be reached for comment.

Cyclists invited to blessing All motorcyclists and their families are invited to the annual Motorcycle Blessing at Clough United Methodist Church, 2010 Wolfangel Road in Anderson Township. The blessing of the motorcycles will start at noon Saturday, May 15, in the church parking lot. After prayers for safety

on the road, motorcyclists will ride through the community. Everyone is also invited to enjoy a free cookout featuring hamburgers and hot dogs. The cookout will be held on the church grounds from noon to 2 p.m. The Clough Youth Group will be holding a bake sale at the cookout to raise funds for youth ministries. In case of rain, activities will move to Sunday, May


Motorcyclists receive prayer for safety on the roads at last year’s Annual Motorcycle Blessing held at Clough United Methodist Church.

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